GSN Review: Ancho Reyes Verde Liqueur


The makers of Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, the original spicy chile liqueur, recently announced the launch of Ancho Reyes Verde, a limited edition offering that provides bartenders and mixologists an additional unique option for their creativity. Remarkably, while both products are made using the poblano chile, some slight shifts in the production process yield distinctly different flavor experiences.

  • The chiles used to create Verde are harvested earlier in the maturation process, while still green, and then fire roasted; those in Original are late harvested and sun-dried, turning them to ancho chiles
  • While Original uses the hand-scissoring maceration process, Verde is mashed
  • Finally, Original uses only mesh press filtration while Verde uses both mesh and paper

The Ancho Reyes story began in 1927 with a post-revolutionary recipe from the town of Puebla de Zaragoza. During this time, Mexico was experiencing a different kind of Roaring 20’s—a chaotic, post-revolutionary time that celebrated the emergence of a new, personal independencía. Artists, intellectuals, and bohemians formed a provocative avant-garde movement that spread from cantinas to cabarets. At the center of these gatherings were unique menjurjes – or homemade concoctions – created from a blend of native ingredients and local spirits. One of these elixirs was created by the Reyes family, using Puebla’s signature crop: the beloved ancho chile.

Spirits industry visionaries Daniel Schneeweiss and Moises Guindi brought this historic recipe into the modern-day and now evolve that recipe further with Ancho Reyes Verde.

Ancho Reyes Verde (80 proof)
Visual: Mild gold.
Nose: Spicy, rich Poblano pepper with just a hint of sweet honeysuckle.
Taste: Initially thick and viscous in mouthfeel, the sweetness of the liqueur seems slightly warming, but it quickly grows to a roaring heat that never overwhelms.  This is the brighter, more verdant and vegetal of the two Ancho Reyes chili liqueurs.  Well balanced and exceptionally memorable.
Finish: Both the sweetness and heat go on for several minutes.  A very intense, clean and expressive finish.
Overall: This is one of a kind and brilliant for use behind the bar.  It works in everything from a shot followed by a cerveza chaser, to a quarter ounce used in a Margarita, or a heftier dose in a Bloody Mary.  The heat works well to wake up the palate and at the same time increase the appetite.  Use this in conjunction with small plates of tapas.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Ancho Reyes


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